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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1990 Jul;48(7):674-8.

A comparison of preoperative and postoperative naproxen sodium for suppression of postoperative pain.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, Augusta 30912-1270.


Using a within-subject, crossover experimental design, this study compared the efficacies of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen sodium, 550 mg, administered either 30 minutes preoperatively or 30 minutes postoperatively to 36 patients undergoing the removal of impacted third molar teeth. Pain intensity was assessed postoperatively for 8 hours. Treatment with naproxen sodium, 550 mg, 30 minutes following completion of surgery was just as effective as presurgical administration in controlling postoperative pain. Administration of naproxen sodium in the immediate postoperative period may be indicated for optimum postoperative analgesia for patients in whom preoperative oral intake is contraindicated.

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